Why Cod Liver Oil Is Having A Revival

Why Cod Liver Oil Is Trending In Natural Health Circles

Were your great-grandparents correct about reaching for the cod liver oil at the first sign of sickness?

The traditions of people around the world confirm this scientific knowledge: people who eat fatty fish enjoy better health.

A high-quality cod liver oil is one of the most nutrient-dense foods available and I am pleased to say it is now having a revival.

As a rich source of omega-3, vitamin A and vitamin D, cod liver oil provides pure fatty nutrients that can help to increase vitamin and mineral absorption, promote skin health, heart health and boost the immune system. 

Many epidemiological studies have been conducted on the myriad health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to healthy aging throughout life.

Several human studies show that omega-3 fatty acid intake makes our skin more resistant to sun damage by reducing skin inflammation and UV-induced gene mutation (Black, H. S., (2016.))

High quality cod liver oil is particularly rich in the essential long-chain omega-3’s EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These are essential in the sense that human’s cannot make them in their body, but as we need them to function they must come from our diet. In addition to EPA and DHA, extra virgin cod liver oil (Rosita) also contains DPA (docosapentaenoic acid), a rare omega-3 fatty acid which has several health benefits. 

It may be tempting to think that an individual can obtain their omega-3 fatty acids from plants, which contain short chain omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is found in chia seeds,flaxseeds, sunflower seeds and other plant-based sources. These are thought to be converted in the body into the longer chain EPA and then to DHA fatty acids which are further down the fatty acid pathway.  However, most of the research on this shows that the conversion from short chain to long chain is quite inefficient in the human body, in particular as we get older, which is why natural sources of EPA, DHA and DPA are best for those striving for optimal health. (Goyens, P. L., (2006))

Natural sources of long chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA, DHA and DPA) are found in fish such as sardines, salmon, mackerel and cod liver.  Of the long chain omega-3s, EPA and DHA have the most scientific evidence in terms of health benefits, and have been shown to support immune function, heart health, brain health, reduce cancer risk, improve cognition and learning and also support healthy ageing. (National Institutes Of Health Facts Sheet) The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are also essential for proper fetal development (Swanson, D., et al (2012))

It is widely accepted that most diseases that afflict people in industrialized western societies have an inflammatory component. (Simopoulos A. P., (2008))

Inflammation is an essential part of the body's natural responses against harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, toxin, damaged cells, irritants, stress, or injury. Initially, although the symptoms of acute inflammation are unpleasant, they are absolutely necessary for the healing processes. However, sometimes inflammation can cause further inflammation (chronic inflammation), which can last for several months or even years. This can result from failure to eliminate an acute inflammation, an autoimmune response to a self-antigen. Chronic inflammation can eventually cause several diseases and conditions, including some cancers, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, ischemic heart disease, periodontitis and ulcerative colitis. Therefore, inflammation needs to be well regulated. (Kim J. H. et al (2014))

Vitamin A is essential for immune system health, gene expression, cellular communication, vision and reproduction. Vitamin D is needed for strong bones, muscles, immunity and overall health. As Cod liver oil is a good source of vitamins A and D and omega-3 fatty acids Rosita Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil Softgels are a wise addition to the diet of those striving for optimal health.

Rosita Real Foods are dedicated to sourcing and providing the highest-quality handcrafted products, produced in harmony with nature

Rosita Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil Softgel Capsules are 100% fish gelatin softgel capsules.They are a natural and sustainable source of wild, pure, fresh and raw nutrients. They are sourced from wild-caught Norwegian cod and extracted using ancient principles., These principles involve a unique and patented cold-process method to extract and purify the oil which preserves the delicate nutrients that are naturally present in cod livers. No heat, chemicals or mechanical pressure used in the extraction process

As a result they contain rare nutrients and lipids.